Contragate: Reagan, Foreign Money, and the Contra Deal
by Peter Dale Scott
The scandals of the contras—involving murder, the siphoning off of U.S. financial support, and their involvement in the international narcotics traffic—are by now well known. I propose in this article to tell a similar story about the same scandals, but focusing on different principals: not the benighted contras, but their international backers. I shall argue that experienced conspirators and international funds, intervening illegally yet again in the American electoral process, account for Reagan’s unwavering commitment to the contra operation. The story of Contragate, seen from this perspective, is really a further chapter in the operation of those covert forces that the United States came to know through Watergate.
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